Nevada County Consolidated Fire District (NCCFD) Board member Keith Grueneberg has been served with a notice of intent to circulate a petition to recall and remove him from office . A professional process server served Grueneberg with the official notice just before the Nevada County Consolidated Board meeting started last evening.
The petition, authored by former Nevada County Consolidated HR Administrator Lisa LaBarbera has over 50 signatures, though only 10 are required . LaBarbera resigned from Consolidated earlier this year, citing Harassment and Board Failures.
The notice claims Grueneberg did not adhere to the intent of the use of funds from the 2012 Tax Measure when he negotiated to give back an un-budgeted amount of approximately $20,000 worth of concessions to the firefighters.
When contacted this morning for comment Grueneberg says he was not acting alone.
The notice claims as lead negotiator, Grueneberg also negotiated the new firefighter’s union contract to give a significant increase to salaries and benefits of $81,000-$100,000. Grueneberg says the contract is not final.
A third allegation in the notice says that Grueneberg violated the District’s Discrimination and Harassment Policy, when he circulated a video with racial overtones by email to the Firefighter’s Union President, who then forwarded it to other members of the District. The notice says the email was disparaging and derogatory as well as insulting to the administrative staff it was directed toward.
Lastly, the notice says Grueneberg has an aversion to keeping the public informed of Board decisions and actions , a violation of state transparency laws.
A timeline for a recall special election indicates the district would have to pay for a special, probably all mail ballot, election. The cost for this election could easily run up to $50,000.
LaBarbera says she plans to file the notice of intent to circulate a petition to recall Grueneberg with the elections office today.